Russian Life: Dacha Tour
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Visit a Russian dacha in the countryside near St Petersburg (1 day tour)
Modern Russia currently has the largest number of owners of second homes in the world with an estimated 50% of Russian families living in large cities also owning dachas. During the Soviet era, dachas were adapted for use in increasing food production and today they have evolved into attractive weekend cottages and summer cabins brimming with fresh garden-grown vegetables. Dachas provide a peaceful retreat from the noisy polluted cities and offer a unique holiday experience of swimming in rivers or lakes, sun bathing, biking, woodland walks and a wonderfully fascinating natural rural environment.
We invite you to visit the Dacha is in the village of Semiozerie (Seven Lakes Village) – a very picturesque place featuring a hilly terrain with sand dunes and surrounded with seven lakes and a pine forest.
The hospitable owners, Galina – a former cook and Yuri – a former professional swimmer are pensioners now. They live there all year round often visited by their daughter and grandchildren. Yuri speaks fluent English.
The couple grows a lot of vegetables in the kitchen garden and greenhouse: carrots, cabbage, potatoes, radish, beetroot, tomatoes, cucumbers, greenery and everything else that can be grown in our northern latitudes. Tasty lunch cooked by Galina will be one of the highlights of your visit.
Duration 9 hours, guide and transportation included
09:00Pick-up and travel to Dacha (90 km North-West of St. Petersburg). Upon arrival, you'll spend some time with the Dacha's owners, walking in the garden and familiarising yourself with the amenities. Your hosts may also take you for a walk in the nearby forest and show where the best berries and mushrooms are.
You'll be treated to a typical delicious dacha lunch including fresh vegetables, seasonal fruit, traditional drinks and tea with home-made deserts.
After lunch you can play outdoor games, sing songs or just relax. You'll discover that the air is so fresh outside of the city you can almost "taste" it and you will quickly begin to understand why the dacha remains an important and integral of Russian life and identity. You'll get back to the city in the evening around 6 pm.
Prices for this tour are dependent on options chosen and are available upon request. Transportation and guide services and lunch at the dacha are included.